10:00AM, Friday 25 September 2015
A fundraising concert is being held tomorow (Saturday) to help support the family of a man whose cancer has returned.
Kerry Mulcahy, who lives in Windsor, has organised the concert to raise money for the family of ‘miracle man’ Tom Twitchen, 25, whose form of blood cancer, extranodal NK/T cell lymphoma, almost killed him three times in 2013 and has now come back.
Kerry, whose 12-year-old son Harry suffered from cancer seven years ago but is now in remission, said she wanted to help the family after going through the same ordeal herself.
“We felt the pressure of the finances at the time,” said Kerry, 39.
“Staying in hospitals every night, and the petrol to keep going back and forth; things like that take its toll.
“We had a lot of people help us with various fun days and money raised from marathons. We remember that kindness and how much we appreciated it.”
Back in 2013, Tom’s family were called to his bedside as medical experts feared the worst.
He now holds the record at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading for losing the most amount of blood and surviving.
At one critical point of the illness, a doctor had to put his hand inside the neck of the former Altwood pupil to close an artery.
Tom’s mum Trudie expressed her gratitude to Kerry for her help.
“It is very lovely and really nice of her to think of doing this for us,” she said.
“It will help us a lot.”
Trudie is on unpaid leave from Marks and Spencer in Maidenhead High Street to support Tom, who has to go to the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading three times a week.
Tom is involved in a trial medical procedure in which his healthy blood cells are being multiplied in Texas, USA.
They will be returned to England on Monday, October 5 to be put back in Tom’s body in an attempt to ‘overpower the bad blood cells’.
“They have used it on other things before but not cancer,” said Trudie.
Kerry’s concert is being held at St Joseph’s Church Hall, Cookham Road, Maidenhead, on Saturday at 7pm.
Call Kerry on 07795 485125 for tickets.
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